BOOK REVIEW Brabham BT52 Owners’ workshop manual Haynes publishing RRP £25.00 Andrew van de Burgt
There’s something very satisfying about a good Haynes manual, and none more so than when its subject is retro 1980s Formula 1 cars.
The subject at hand is the Brabham BT52, a car that went on to win the 1983 Formula 1 World Championship with a radical design and extremely powerful BMW powerplant.
Not only do we get a real insight into the design brilliance of Gordon Murray in this offering, a real history is also on show from author Andrew van de Burgt, ex-editor of Motorsport News’ sister publication Autosport.
From the early years of the team and its founder Jack Brabham, through to the Bernie Ecclestone period encompassing the BT52 and on to the sad demise of the Chessington marque, the history is charted excellently, and in excruciating detail as you would expect of any Haynes title.
The imagery is vivid, and the detail of the drivers involved in the entire BT52 project – including Stirling Moss and Ayrton Senna – give a real opportunity to relive some of the glory days of Formula 1. Jack Benyon